Editor’s note: The names of the parent and the son were changed at their request to protect their identity and privacy.

Dec. 28, 2022 — Lawrence McCarthy, a Texas-based doctor, is looking forward to seeing his 26-year-old son, Sam, during the holidays. Sam, who’s been living in another state and hasn’t been home for many months, has an alcohol use disorder and has also been a frequent user of marijuana. 

McCarthy, who asked that his real name not be used for this article, says that he looks forward to seeing his son, but he has a bottom line. 

“I’d prefer for him to…


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